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>> couric: day 46. the well is capped but the oil is still pouring out. threatening more and more wildlife as it watches up on gulf coast beaches. >> it's sick. sick about it. >> couric: i'm katie couric. also tonight, help not wanted. a sharp slowdown in hiring by private companies sends stock prices tumbling. and if adults can't stop that oil leak, maybe kids can. >> if everybody had a big pack of hubba-bubba and chewed it and we put it into a big ball and stuck it right there. captioning sponsored by cbs from cbs news world headquarters in new york, this is the "cbs evening news" with katie couric.
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>> couric: good evening, everyone. it's mission accomplished, at least as far as getting the cap on the well. now the question is will this latest temporary ticks work? so far, b.p. oil is still spewing through vents in the cap. engineers hope to eventually close them and capture most of the oil that's now leaking. today president obama made his third visit to the gulf since the disaster began and said "it seems like we're making progress." meanwhile, anti-b.p. sentiment is growing at the company's washington offices today. protestors demanded the oil company be prosecuted for criminal negligence. in a cbs news poll out tonight, 68% of meshes say b.p. is doing a bad job. and more disapprove of the obama administration's handling of the crisis than approve of it. we begin tonight where the oil is washing up with mark strassmann at his usual post in grand isle, louisiana. mark, what's the latest? >> reporter: katie, that anger and frustration you just talked about i hear more and more of everyday here directed toward
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b.p., the feds, and president obama. and recent images of wildlife suffering here have really hit home. in oily barataria bay, pelicans flapped frantically but with wings soaked in crude, flight is impossible. they're helpless. nearby, shrimpers with lowered booms absorb b.p.'s leak, but for these pelicans, too little, too late. i'm looking at the pelican right now. it's covered in oil. b.p. has a wildlife hotline so we called it to give the coordinates of three pelicans that needed rescuing fast. it's no wonder these pelicans are having such trouble. look at some of what they're trying to swim through. and, remember, these are inland waters. if anything, there is less oil out here than there is out in the gulf. by one estimate, 47 million gallons of oil have leaked already. a mile below the surface, b.p. finally lowered this containment dome overnight on top of the broken well head.
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and oil gushing from underneath the cap shifted and began streaming insaid from the top of the cap. with the cap in place, b.p. engineers will start closing four valves leaking oil and redirect the oil, siphon it, up a drill pipe to a surface ship. and initial estimates say the cap's collecting 42,000 gallons a day of a possible 800,000 gallons or more a day that's leaking. and b.p. will continue using toxic dispersants to break up the oil. a panel of federal experts today recommended their continued use despite the harm caused to underwater sea life. >> the use of dispersants is generally less environmentally harmful than allowing the oil to go into the sensitive wetlands. >> reporter: in this disaster, wildlife is taking a hit all over. like these rescued pelicans, all of them drenched in oil, some shivering. these birds birds were found yesterday on two barrier islands near ground aisle. in all, 53 birds, 29 of them
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pelicans, were removed from these two islands. >> the good thing is these birds are in good health so they have a reasonably good chance. >> reporter: back in barataria bay, more oiled bird today were removed from the same barrier islands and taken in crates by boat to a triage center. n what could become a daily wildlife drama. this is the boat we took out into the water today. its hull started the day squeaky clean but after just three hours of moving through the oily waters, take a look. katie? >> couric: mark, tell us a little bit more about those birds. you called the authorities about them. they were rescued, right? >> reporter: they were. i got an e-mail confirmation right away, katie. within an hour two boats were in the area. they found two of the three pelicans, took them in for treatment and both those pelicans are apparently going to be fine. more good news, that sad oily pelican that governor bobby jindal of louisiana and i got close to yesterday, it looked
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terrible, pathetic, but it apparently has been cleaned, it recovered, and within the next couple of days it's going to be released into the wilds of florida. katie? >> couric: that is some good news. mark vas man. mark, as always, thanks so much. meanwhile, president obama has invited the families of the 11 people killed in the rig explosion to the white house next week. as we mentioned, the president returned to the gulf today to both see and be seen. our chief white house corps spop depth chip reid is also in grand isle. chip, the president took another shot at b.p. today. >> reporter: katie, the president lashed out at b.p. over reports they're spending $50 million on an ad campaign to improve their image and $10 billion on dividends for shareholders. >> and what i don't want to hear is when they're spending that kind of money on their shareholders and spending that kind of money on t.v. advertising that they're nickel and dimeing fishermen. >> reporter: the president then headed for grand isle where
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a thick ooze is washing ashore and residents are divided over who's to blame. >> r you angry at b.p.? >> very. >> reporter: are you angry at the president? >> no. no. >> reporter: why? >> the man's doing all he can, i think. his hands are tied behind his back to a certain extent. >> i'm angry at the president, i'm angry at the way they're handling things. i think it's taken too long to get things done. >> reporter: but he says there's one thing that makes him angrier than the slow response, the president's decision to impose a six-month moratorium on deep-water exploratory drilling. >> the oil spill was the nail and what the president just did he hammered the nail all the way through and through. he just killed our economy. >> reporter: on the front page today, the new orleans "times-picayune" complained that the moratorium could make 20,000 oil services jobs vanish. and the local economy is already in dire straits. this beach would normally be packed on a friday in june. in fact, most of it is perfectly clean. but people here are terrified about what's out in that water turning this beach into a waste
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land. >> right now, anyone who's wanting to go to the beach is usually... they're coming to look at oil. >> reporter: the absence of tourists has many here feeling utter despair. >> it's completely shut it down. there's no more business. no more business at all. >> reporter: the president arrived here in grand isle late this afternoon. he's only expected to spend about two hours here meeting with local businessmen and fishermen. he had hoped to spend more time here but bad weather forced him to cancel his helicopter ride and to take o two hour motorcade from new orleans. when is he coming back? that's not clear. the white house won't say. but he canceled a foreign trip next week. so maybe he'll come back then. katie? >> couric: chip reid in grand isle, louisiana. thank you so much, chip. a lot of the gulf, of course, remains off limits to fishing. the ban now covers more than 78,000 square miles, nearly a third of the federal waters in the gulf of mexico. and all along the florida panhandle, they're preparing for the worst. kelly cobiella is on pensacola
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beach and, kelley, it was threatening the coast for a couple days now but the oil has started to wash up on shore. >> reporter: we did see that today, katie. you know, that thick, heavy oil that has been washing up in louisiana, that's actually about 17 miles away from florida. but today we saw this. this is more evidence that it's getting close. this morning, florida awoke to its own heart break: globs of oil scattered on more than 23 miles of white sand. >> my whole life is to live out here, it was my dream. and then this has s happening. it's so sad. >> this is just disgusting. i don't know who would want that in their backyard. this is our backyard. it's just a shame. >> reporter: crews late more boom at the mouth of pensacola bay to keep any oil from reaching wetlands, but on the beach, the response seemed disorganized and painfully slow. cynthia richardson and her
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grandson spent five hours picking up the mess before a single cleanup crew arrived. >> what is going on, b.p.? we need help out here on pensacola beach. >> reporter: if some places, the oil is as small as a dime and it's camouflaged in the seaweed. then you come across scenes like this with it splattered across the sand. but in all cases, the consistency is the same. it's very thick, it's melting in the sun, and as you can see, it's difficult to scoop up. it's now washing up from grand isle, louisiana, to pensacola, florida, and is expected to keep spreading east. scientists back from an eight-day mission aboard a noaa research ship confirmed there's more oil hidden from view and vessels from the university of south florida have confirmed two large underwater plumes which are reportedly about six miles wide containing thousands of gallons of oil. >> you see all the tar balls on the beaches and it's just devastating. >> reporter: on these 23 miles of sand, b.p. says it has 320
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crews... 320 people, i should say, cleaning up. and as you can see behind me, people did come to the beach today despite this tar and florida says its beaches are still open and safe. katie? >> couric: kelly cobiella, thank you. from day one of this crisis, the question no one's been able to answer for sure is how much oil is gushing into the gulf. you've seen the pictures: torrents of oil have been pouring out of the well head. and to give you a better idea of the size of the opening, it is about this big. 19 inches across. think of it. for more than six weeks, a gusher this size has been pouring into the gulf. as for how many thousands of gallons that is, there are all kind of estimates and as sharyl attkisson reports, plenty of reasons to doubt them. >> reporter: cbs news has learned the government's estimate of how much oil is gushing from the well could get much worse.
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last week, the interior department announced the range was 12,000 to 19,000 barrels, or up to 798,000 gallons per day. but that's not exactly what some scientists who worked on the estimate found. sources tell cbs news 12,000 to 19,000 barrels is actually the minimum believed leaking from the well based on the most conservative assumptions. the upper end of the range, a maximum, hasn't yet been released. but those details were left off the official government press release, making it seem like 19,000 barrels a day was the most, not the least, that could be gushing out. >> 12,000 to 19,000 barrels a day. >> 12,000 to 19,000. >> reporter: the range matters because b.p. is subject to fines of up to $4,300 for each 42-gallon barrel. it could mean a difference of millions of gallons and billions of dollars. under the government's low estimate, b.p.'s fine could be $2 billion for just the first 40 days. if the spill is significantly
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larger-- as sources subject-- the fine should shoot upwards of $4 billion so far. today, facing criticism that it was spinning the numbers, the interior department revised its web site to acknowledge that scientists are working on it but have not yet released the high end of just how big the leak could be. sharyl attkisson, cbs news, washington. >> couric: if you have a question about the disaster in the gulf, we'll try to answer in the the coming weeks. you can post your questions or comments at cbsnews.com or on my twitter page which is @katiecouric. now, before there was the oil crisis, there was the financial crisis and the economy is still struggling to recover. stock prices plunged today after a disappointing jobs report. the dow fell 323 points to close below 10,000. while the economy added 431,000 jobs in may, nearly all are temporary government jobs people hired to help with the census. the unemployment rate fell a
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bit, but large by because more than 300,000 people dropped out of the job market. anthony mason is our senior business correspondent. anthony, i know the president said today we have to expect ups and downs. but this was a real downer. >> reporter: well, yes, katie. on the surface the jobs number looked impressive but as one economist put it, it was all frosting and no cupcake. the recovery looked to be losing momentum last month after creating more than 200,000 jobs in april. business hired only 41,000 in may. still better than a year ago. >> but it's in where near the kind of growth that we need in order to put the 15 million unemployed workers in this country back to work. >> reporter: the job market is especially tough for teenagers spilling out of high school. >> i'm hoping and i'm praying, i really need a job this summer. >> good luck this summer. >> reporter: they face one of the worst years ever for summer jobs. the unemployment rate for teens is more than 26%.
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that's nearly .6 million teenagers looking for work. have you guys been told flat out we don't need teenager this is year? >> yeah, pretty much. >> reporter: at the high school in eastchester, new york, senior tara byrne has found work as a ski camp counselor. >> out in oregon. >> reporter: you have to go toker to *r to get a job? but many of her classmates haven't been so lucky. >> they said i'll contact you later if i need you and i never got a call. >> reporter: at a teen job fair in nearby white plains, 15-year-old rebecca pearl says there's just too much competition. >> it's hard to get into now because a lot of college students are coming back and taking positions that usually the people in high school would get. >> so the fact that we're having this real derth of jobs right now can have lasting effects for this cohort of kids that don't get that summer experience. >> reporter: and for the typical unemployed worker, the average time it takes to find a job now has reached nearly five and a half months. katie? >> couric: all right. anthony mason.
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anthony, thank you. still ahead on the "cbs evening news," how some pretty smart children say they would stop that oil leak. but up next, why some republicans are starting to wish the tea party was over.
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>> couric: mitt romney was in arizona to campaign for his former rival john mccain who's facing a tough primary challenge from a candidate endorsed by the tea party.
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dean reynolds on a political movement that's vocal and voting. >> reporter: there's no question that the tea party has become a potent political force in little over a year. a cbs poll says one in five americans supports the movement now. republican scott brown's victory in the january senate election in the democratic stronghold of massachusetts symbolized tea party clout. >> tonight, the independent voice of massachusetts has spoken! >> reporter: but while republicans initially welcomed the tea party, in recent weeks, the embrace may be a bit too close for comfort. >> the passion that was so important in primaries for tea party candidates doesn't play often so well in a general election where you're trying to go after moderate and independent voters. >> reporter: take nevada where democratic senate majority leader harry reid is considered vulnerable. establishment republican sue louden is a in a close race against tea party hopeful shaeurpbg ang toll run against reed. >> when socialism takes over, all they need to do is look here. >> reporter: angle wants to end the federal income tax ands
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is. reid wants to run against her because he believes her extreme views make her easier to beat. tea party candidates have already expelled prominent republicans from races in florida and utah. and the race in arizona involving john mccain, no less, and tea party opponent j.d. hayworth has dismayed republican officials. >> they're not sure that these untested candidates over the long haul are politically savvy and astute enough to win tough general elections. >> reporter: in north carolina's eighth district, the tea party's taoupbz understand the has a shot at tim d'annunzio has a shot at the nomination even though divorce papers said he was a messianic drug user. he held a machine gun social. >> we talked about issues and let people shoot fully automatic uzi submachine guns. >> reporter: in kentucky, tea party favorite rand paul defeated the republican party establishment choice for the senate nomination.
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and then paul's views on the constitution and civil rights quickly raised republican doubts about the tea partyer's electability. republicans know that passion and energy are terrific but they also know that without electability you don't win elections. dean reynolds, cbs news, chicago. you've never seen a photograph.
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ethnicity. that's double the rate back in 1980. the new shrek movie is tops at the box office, now drinking glasses promoting it are being recalled. 12 million of them sold by mcdonald's since late may. the glasses tested positive for cadmium, the same toxic metal that led to recalls of children's jewelry this year. and in news beyond our planet, jupiter had a close encounter. check out that bright flash in the upper left-hand corner. an amateur astronomer captured it yesterday. moats likely it was a meteor that burned up once it entered jupiter's atmosphere. experts agree it must have been huge to be seen all the way from earth.
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>> couric: so here's where we are as day 46 comes to an end. no shortage of oil spilling into the gulf, no shortage of suggestions for stopping it. and michelle miller tells us some of the freshest ideas come from the youngest minds in america. >> 18 submersible robots. a containment cap. >> reporter: the experts are trying almost anything to plug the leak. >> we started by injected mud. >> reporter: and with no perfect solution. >> this is just the beginning. >> reporter: america's children are now weighing in.
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>> take a big giant cork and put it in. >> reporter: the kids' ideas range from the bedroom... >> take the tempurpedic mattresses and use them to absorb the oil. >> reporter: ...to bubble gum. >> if everybody had a big pack of hubba-bubba and chewed it and we put in the a big ball and stuck it right there. >> reporter: and while their solutions may sound simple, their intentions are pure. >> you lomb got it, right? >> reporter: just ask science teacher david youngblood. do you think the solution could be found in your ninth grade science class? >> i think the solution is right here, definitely. right here. >> reporter: his ninth graders in mays landing, new jersey, have been working nonstop. >> the oil will break apart but it's still eventually will separate because oil is less dense than water. >> reporter: so why are students more than 800 miles away from the spill so passionate about finding a solution? because they say it's in their backyard, too. >> if the oil eventually comes up, then it kills the sea life.
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>> we want to be able to make it clean again. so future generations can have it. ♪ there wasn't no oil spill... >> reporter: some are taking that sense of you are general city to the internet. >> dear president obama, please help stop the spill. >> reporter: he's not the only one pleading with the president. >> malia knocks on my bathroom door and peeks in her head and says "did you plug the hole yet, daddy?" >> reporter: back at oakcrest high school, students are plugging away. what's the name for it? >> i don't really have a name. >> reporter: b.p. called their grand solutions top kill, top hat, judge shot. >> because names obviously make the difference. >> reporter: yeah? but theirs hasn't worked. >> yes. maybe mine without the name night. (laughs). >> reporter: you just never know. >> we could suck up the oil and use it for our cars. >> reporter: michelle miller, cbs news, mays landing, new jersey. >> couric: and that's the "cbs evening news." i'm katie couric. jeff glor will be here tomorrow.
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from the first local station with news in high definition, this is 9 news now. good evening to you. tonight in our only local newscast at 7:00, power play. the president heads to the gulf to put the pressure on b.p. to stop that leak. troublesome trio. prince georges county police on the hunt for a group of men who they say committed seven robberies in seven days. and trouble on the train, a fight shuts down metro at union station and sends a teenager to the hospital fighting for his life. i'm bruce leshan at union station where there was chaos and terror down below on the rails. initial reports were for shots fired inside of the station. turned out that was not the case. but witnesses say there was what looked very much like a gang fight with ten young men on one side, 15ing on the other threatening each other saying they had weapons and innocent bystanders trapped in the

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